May 27 2020

Join Me for a Virtual Panel Tonight!

What are you doing at 7pm Eastern tonight? I hope the answer is that you’ll be joining Riley Sager, Wendy Walker, Matthew Farrell, moderator A.F. Brady, and me for a virtual panel about thrillers and suspense. We were originally scheduled to visit the Katonah Village Library in person for the event, but it’s been reinvented as a virtual event — which means you can join from wherever you are. Just email katinfo@wlsmail.org for a free Zoom link to join us. See you tonight!

 


Apr 28 2020

A Rave from the Globe & Mail!

There is nothing like a rave from legendary reviewer Margaret Cannon to make my day! I was over the moon to see DON’T LOOK DOWN featured in Cannon’s latest column for The Globe & Mail, “Six New Mystery Novels to Cure the Isolation Blues.” Here’s a little bit of what she had to say about my latest novel:

Donʼt Look Down, the second novel in a series featuring NYPD police Sheryn Sterling and Rafael Mendoza, is a stunning trip through the Big Apple. Itʼs also a deftly plotted mystery that begins with blackmail and revenge… This is an excellent book with good characters and an fantastic plot, but what I loved were Davidsonʼs descriptions of New York.

If you’d like to read the full review — and the rest of the article — click here (it’s behind the Globe‘s paywall, so you need to be a subscriber). Thank you, Margaret Cannon!


Apr 6 2020

More About That Virtual Noir at the Bar

Friday night was a great night. The first-ever Virtual Noir at the Bar was a huge hit, with some 400+ viewers joining us from all over the continent and beyond. Huge thanks to Alex Segura for organizing the event and to Kew & Willow Books for hosting it! If you missed out, you can still watch the entire show now on Crowdcast. (I’m on about an hour and a quarter in, reading from DON’T LOOK DOWN.) They say that necessity is the mother of invention — and our current state of quarantine was obviously the impetus for doing the event this way — but the fact that this format allowed so many people to take part is an argument for doing it again even after we can go outside.


Apr 1 2020

A Virtual Noir at the Bar

There’s a new event on my calendar — and it’s a virtual one, so everyone can join in. This Friday, April 3rd, at 7pm Eastern Time, I’ll be participating in the first-ever virtual Noir at the Bar, hosted by Alex Segura and sponsored by Kew & Willow Books. The lineup includes Megan Abbott, Reed Farrel Coleman, Sarah Weinman, John Vercher, Wallace Stroby, and a host of terrific writers. It’s free to attend and all are welcome. Here’s the Crowdcast link to join us. Kew & Willow Books — a fantastic shop based in Queens, NY — will be selling the authors’ books during the event, and you’ll be able to chat with us during breaks between readings. Pour yourself a drink and join us for a wonderful night of crime fiction.


Mar 16 2020

Out Now: The Swamp Killers

Things are changing rapidly these days because of COVID-19. Tonight, New York closed its restaurants (except for takeout and delivery), bars, and gyms. Museums were shut down last week. Fortunately, books never expire, and they’re great company in a quarantine. I’m thrilled to say that THE SWAMP KILLERS: A NOVEL IN STORIES is out today from Down & Out Books!

Edited by E.A. Aymar and Sarah M. Chen — the same dynamic duo that brought you THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD in 2017 — it’s not a sequel, but chance to bring a band of reprobates together for a new mission. I’m in the book with my story “Cockroach,” along with Alex Dolan, Rebecca Drake, Gwen Florio, Elizabeth Heiter, J.J. Hensley, Susi Holliday, Shannon Kirk, Tara Laskowski, Jenny Milchman, Alan Orloff, Tom Sweterlitsch, Art Taylor, and Wendy Tyson. Here’s the premise:

Here’s what we know is true.

Timmy Milici, a low-level hitter with the infamous Atlanta-based Duplass crime family, ran off with Melody Duplass to Jacksonville, Florida. Olivia Duplass, her mother and head of the Duplass family, was incensed, and put a price on Timmy—a hundred thousand for his corpse, but with explicit instructions that her daughter not be harmed.

We know that’s true.

Or, at least, we think we do.

Sixteen writers tell their versions of what happened those fateful days in this gripping novel-in-stories, brought to you from the team behind The Night of the Flood.

Sounds sweet and vicious, doesn’t it? Pick up your copy now!


Mar 10 2020

Travel Update

Was it really just two weeks ago that I was happily posting about book-tour events in Arizona, California, and Virginia? So much has changed since then, with the relentless march of COVID-19 across the US. This morning, the Virginia Festival of the Book canceled this year’s festival. While Left Coast Crime in San Diego hasn’t been canceled (yet), I’ve decided not to attend. Because my plan’s to appear at Scottsdale’s legendary Poisoned Pen were tied to that trip, I’ve had to cancel my appearance there tomorrow night, too. I am sorry to miss seeing friends, but I’m also hoping that everyone stays healthy. (PS If you want a signed hardcover of DON’T LOOK DOWN, the Poisoned Pen will have them next week; you can order it online.)


Feb 27 2020

Upcoming Events for DON’T LOOK DOWN

The weeks around a book release are always a whirlwind. Before the big day, I’m writing essays and answering Q&As and doing whatever advance promotion I can; once the book is out in the world, there’s a tour (even when I say I’m not doing one, apparently!). I’ve been lucky enough to have two wonderful launch parties — one in Toronto at Ben McNally Books, and one in New York at the Mysterious Bookshop — and to present DON’T LOOK DOWN at other events, including the Ontario Library Association Superconference. I also have some fabulous events coming up:

NEW YORK

Friday, February 28th, at 7pm: I’ll be at the fabulous Kew & Willow Books in Queens with two friends, authors Alex Segura and Nancy Bilyeau. Join us for a relaxed evening of books, wine, and Star Trek chat (yes, we are all fans). Free event, open to all.

ARIZONA

Wednesday, March 11th, at 6:30pm: There’s only one store I’ve visited on every book tour, and that’s Scottsdale’s legendary Poisoned Pen. I’m excited to be back to talk about DON’T LOOK DOWN! Free event, open to all.

CALIFORNIA

Will you be at Left Coast Crime in San Diego? I’m on a couple of panels, both on Saturday, March 14th: at 10:15am, I’ll be talking about “Crime Fiction and Reality: How do today’s headlines impact fiction?” with Tracy Clark, Puja Guha, Keith Raffel, and moderator Laurie Rockenbeck. At 1:15pm, I’m on “Let’s Talk About Sex (in Mysteries)” with Ed Aymar, David Corbett, Jennifer Kincheloe, and moderator Holly West. A good time will be had by all! (I hope.)

VIRGINIA

Saturday, March 21st, at 4pm: I have the pleasure of appearing at the Virginia Festival of the Book this year. I’m on the “Dangerous Territories” panel with Don Bentley, Gabino Iglesias, Rip Rawlings, and moderator Steve Weddle. Free event, open to all!


Feb 11 2020

Out Now: DON’T LOOK DOWN

Today’s the day! My sixth novel, DON’T LOOK DOWN, is out now from Thomas & Mercer. Technically, it’s the second book in my new Shadows of New York series, but I’ve written it to work as a standalone, so you can dive right in. If you really want to start with the first, ONE SMALL SACRIFICE is on sale in all formats right now.

I had the pleasure of launching DON’T LOOK DOWN at Toronto’s glorious Ben McNally Books last week. Remember when I said I wasn’t going to tour this time around? Apparently I lied. Here’s a list of where you can hear me speaking about DON’T LOOK DOWN:

Thursday, February 13th, 6:30pm: The US launch party at NYC’s Mysterious Bookshop. I’ll appear in conversation with Sarah Weinman, author of THE REAL LOLITA. There will be wine! (Free event, open to all.)

Friday, February 28th, 7pm: At Queens’ lovely Kew & Willow Books, I’ll appear in conversation with Alex Segura, author of MIAMI MIDNIGHT, and Nancy Bilyeau, author of DREAMLAND. (Free event, open to all.)

Wednesday, March 11th, 6:30pm: Only one bookstore has had me visit for each and every novel, and that’s Scottsdale’s legendary Poisoned Pen. I’m excited to be back yet again! (Free event, open to all.)

Thursday, March 12th-Sunday, March 15th: I have multiple events at Left Coast Crime in San Diego, but you’ll need to be registered for the conference to see me. I’ll be on two panels, including the notorious Sex Panel…

Saturday, March 21, 4pm: I’m excited to be part of the Virginia Festival of the Book this year. I’m on the “Dangerous Territories” panel with Don Bentley (WITHOUT SANCTION), Gabino Iglesias (editor, BOTH SIDES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF BORDER NOIR), Rip Rawlings (RED METAL), and moderator Steve Weddle (COUNTRY HARDBALL). Free event, open to all!

Enthusiastic reviews of DON’T LOOK DOWN keep coming in. If you want to keep track, I list them on this page. For now, I’ll quote from a particularly terrific one by critic and author Kerry Clare: “The writing was great, dialogue fun and snappy, and the pacing never missed a beat. Don’t Look Down was delightful, and everything I want in a read.”

DON’T LOOK DOWN is available everywhere now, including AmazonAngus & RobertsonBarnes & NobleChapters/IndigoIndieboundTarget, & Waterstones. If you’d like a signed copy of the book, please contact one of the stores where I’ll be appearing — the Mysterious Bookshop, Kew & Willow, and the Poisoned Pen would be happy to arrange for a personalized copy. Thanks for reading!


Jan 24 2020

Enter the DON’T LOOK DOWN Pre-Order Contest!

There’s nothing more important to a book’s success than pre-orders. DON’T LOOK DOWN will be released in hardcover, trade paperback, eBook, and audiobook on February 11th, and pre-ordering any of those formats ia a terrific help to me. As a way of saying thanks, I’m hosting a contest. There will be a random drawing and five lucky entrants will win a lovely (eerie?) crow, just like the ones pictured above and below. Why a crow? It’s a recurring image in DON’T LOOK DOWN; Jo Greaver, the woman at the center of the case, actually keeps a small statuette like this one on her desk. It’s a little Hitchcockian, which feels appropriate.

One grand prize winner will get something extra special: paperback copies of my first four novels: The Damage Done, The Next One to Fall, Evil in All Its Disguises, and Blood Always Tells. All four books are currently out of print, so this is your only way of getting these books.

How do you enter the drawing? All you have to do is email me your pre-order receipt at preorders@hilarydavidson.com.

Here are a few places where you can pre-order the book:

The pre-order contest is open worldwide. It closes on February 10th, the day before DON’T LOOK DOWN is released. Good luck, and my deepest thanks to everyone who pre-orders the book!


Dec 31 2019

What a Decade!

I’ve been offline for much of December, but I’ve still seen plenty of retrospectives. And they’re not just memorializing the past year, but the last decade. It’s been a wonderful ride for me. In 2010, I published my debut novel, THE DAMAGE DONE, which went on the win the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Since then, I’ve gone on to publish five more books and roughly forty short stories, plus a slew of articles and essays. I’ve won a second Anthony Award and a Derringer Award. My 2019 novel, ONE SMALL SACRIFICE, became a bestseller. I’ve had the opportunity to travel across North America and to travel abroad, visiting Argentina, Germany, Israel, Scotland, and Sweden. Best of all, I’ve met so many incredible people and made wonderful new friends. I can honestly say that I have the best job in the world.

Still, some things don’t change. My favorite travel companion is still my husband, Dan (a fact that seems fitting, since we met while traveling in Italy, many, many years ago). My biggest fans are still my parents, who have no reservations about cheering on their daughter’s murderous impulses. And I have an amazing group of friends who’ve known my for most of my life. I’m grateful for all of you, and I’m looking forward to what the next decade brings. Happy new year!